Wagon Ride

This week's House Mouse & Friends Challenge theme is Way to Go - Travel, Challenge #94, it could be anything that gets you from one place to another.

Wagon Ride

I used the Happy Hoppers image Wagon Ride and the sentiment is from Stampin Up's Friend to Friend stamp set, I'm not sure if it's still available but it's one that I grab for often. The image was colored using Copic's, I finally purchased enough brown shades to start coloring these little guys, now I just need to try them out on House Mouse.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Wagon Ride (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities), Friend to Friend (Stampin Up) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Nana's Kitchen Matstack (DCWV), Miracle (My Reflections/CTMH) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Eyelet Border Punch (SU), Gemstones (Hero Arts) ~ Card Size: 5.5 x 5.5

Inky Antics Box & Bag Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Antics Box & Bag Blog Hop! It starts today and ends on Sunday, May 1st at midnight Central time.

We invite you to stop and comment on each Design Team members’ blog, as there will be prizes given away. Three lucky winners (who visit and post at every stop in the hop) will be drawn at random to receive one of our template stamps. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please).

The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back there and see if you're a winner.

If you came here from the very talented Bev Gerard's blog,Savor the Journey, you are in the right spot. If not, you will need to start at Inky Antics blog and work your way through the group!

Today I'm sharing two items I made using Inky Antics Gifts in A Snap template stamps. For the cookie gift bag I used the Gift Bag Template and for the teacup mouse I used the Rectangle Box Template. As you can see when the rectangle box is open there is a window, which could be covered with acetate and filled with your favorite goodies. I used an individual tea pack to coordinate with my front image and sentiment. For both creations I used clear stamps from the Teacup Mousies sets #1 and #2.

Teacup Mousies

Your next stop will be to visit Debbie Fisher's blog,The Paper Garden.
Thank you for playing along ~ Jovi

Gift Bag (Cookie)
Stamps: Teacup Mousies #2 Clear Set (Inky Antics) ~Paper: White (Neenah), Linen Closet Stack (DCWV), Linen Closet Cardstock Stack (DCVW) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, White Ribbon, Sage Stickles

Rectangle Box (Teacup)
Stamps: Teacup Mousies #1 Clear Set (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Linen Closet Stack (DCWV), Linen Closet Cardstock Stack (DCVW) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, White Ribbon, Sage Stickles, Frosted Lace Stickles


Today I actually have something on my work desk... now I can play along in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW), it's been awhile since I last posted a WOYWW.

WOYWW 27 April 2011

As you can see I have a Happy Hoppers card that I'm working on, the image is finally colored and now all the pieces need to be assembled and then I'm sure to spend a good amount of time trying to come up with some kind of embellishment to add. That's always the hardest part for me when making a card. I also have a package from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I will be using on a upcoming project, I'm so looking forward to using the pretty ribbon colors.

Okay, so my work desk is pretty boring this week, hopefully next week I'll have more to share until then you can stop on over at Julie's blog, Stamping Ground, to visit other WOYWW participants work-desks.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Huggin' Bunny

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter holiday. Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of my favorite Inky Antics images, Huggin' Bunny. I colored the image using Copic Sketch Markers and I did a little playing around trying to create a grassy texture for the bunny to stand on, I still need plenty of practice with Copic techniques but I'm really starting to like them.

Thanks for visting ~ Jovi

Huggin' Bunny

Stamps: Huggin' Bunny (Inky Antics), Bunny Hug (inside sentiment/Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Buttercup (CTMH), Autumn Terracotta (CTMH), Garden Green (CTMH), Tickled Pink (Fine and Dandy/My Mind's Eye) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Diamond Big Impressions Texture (Ellison Designs), Bamboo Brads (CTMH), Stampin Up Corner Punch, Spring Moss Grosgrain (SU), Sanding Block ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

eclectic Paperie & Inky Antics HoneyPOPs

Do you like to win prizes? Make sure to head over to eclectic Paperie blog today to see all the fantastic creations that their E-Team has created using Inky Antics HoneyPOP collection.

Jackie from Inky Antics has generously donated a treasure trove of HoneyPop stamps and HoneyComb for you to win by participating in their E-Team Blog Hop with HoneyPop by Inky Antics and an eP gift certificate will also be given away.

All seven designers from eP's Blog Team came up with terrific ideas and here's a peek:

Latrice Murphy

Linda Duke

Don't forget that Inky Antics would love to see what YOU make, too! If you'd like to play along in our HoneyPOP Challenge, we're still accepting entries through April. Just upload a photo of the card(s) you've made with one or more HoneyPOP products to Inky Antics Facebook page.

Inky Antics we'll be giving away prizes for (1) our designers' favorite card, (2) the card that receives the most "Likes" during April, and (3) a participant's card that is chosen randomly from a drawing at the end of the month. Each of the HoneyPOP Challenge winners will each receive $25 in Inky stamp credit, so please join in the fun!


Light as A Feather

Light as A Feather

I made this card for a friend who recently weighed in almost 30 pounds lighter than she did when she started her weight loss journey. Losing weight has always been a struggle for me and I know how hard temptations can be. I wanted to pass along some encouragement to my friend as she continues her journey to reach her goal weight.

This adorable Happy Hoppers stamp is Light as A Feather and for the inside I used the sentiment "Way to Go" from Close to My Hearts Say It in Style set. I colored the image using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol and added Stickles to the clipboard and scale, I also add White Fun Flock to the bunnies tail... I should really pick up some brown flock.

~ Jovi

Stamps: Light as A Feather (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities), Say It in Style (inside sentiment/CTMH) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sweet Leaf (inside/CTMH) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Miracle (My Reflections/CTMH) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Daisy Punch (Martha Stewart) , Baby Blue Stickles, Bundled Sage Stickles, White Fun Flock, Mounting Tape ~ Card Size: 5 x 5

Hello Cupcake

I've been a lazy blogger since I returned home from vacation, even though I haven't blogged I've been keeping busy creating... making thank you cards, covers for my stamp binders and I've started scrapbooking... gasp!

My neighbor has been trying to get me scrapbook for years and I always had no interest in it. A few months ago Bryan suggested that I should make a scrapbook, it would be something the whole family could enjoy and benefit from all my purchases. Then last month my sister was organizing her photos and decided she wanted to make scrapbooks for her children, we went shopping for materials to get her started and that's when the scrapbooking bug bit me. I probably wouldn't share any layouts anytime soon... I don't want to scare anyone away! ;)

Baking Chef

Today I'm sharing a card that I made using Inky Antics clear set Baking Chef's. The card stock is Bazzill and the designer paper is from the Glitter Sweet Matstack (DCWV) which goes perfect with this stamp. For the background I stamped the cupcake image with VersaMark and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I colored the little girl chef with Copics and I outlined the image using Sakura Stardust Gelly pen, which leaves the image very sparkly.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Baking Chefs Clear Set (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), VersaMark ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Romance (Bazzill), Rosebud (Bazzill), The Glitter Sweet Matstack (DCWV) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Clear Embossing Powder, Pink Ribbon (Stampin Up), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Recollections Border Punch, Mounting Tape ~ Card Size: 4.25 X 5.5

Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris

Letters From Home
by Kristina McMorris

(Kindle Edition)

During WWII, three young women living together in Evanston, Illinois, are changed forever. Liz and Julie attend Northwestern University, and Betty works as a waitress and sings for the USO. While watching Betty perform, Liz meets Morgan McClain, who is on his way to the front. Having a boyfriend does not diminish the connection she feels with Morgan, until she sees him dancing with Betty. Without saying good-bye, she leaves the dance. Days later, Betty asks Liz to pen a letter to Morgan as a favor, and she reluctantly agrees. Through their correspondence, Liz becomes more attached to Morgan, even though she is still using Betty's name and now is engaged. Betty joins the WACs and is shipped to New Guinea. Julie is the one who has few doubts about life after the war with her fiancé. McMorris gives readers a poignant and resonant "Greatest Generation" story of love and loss during wartime.

Letters From Home is beautifully written and completely captivating. The author weaves together the stories of the characters perfectly, pulling me into their lives so completely that I really couldn't put the book down. I found this book to be very touching, there are some entertaining moments, heart wrenching moments and joyful moments. It's a wonderful romantic read.

It's Great to be Back in Colorado

It's been a busy two weeks and now it's time to relax at home. While Riley and Austin were on their two week Spring Break we spent time in Wyoming at my parents and in Illinois with Bryan's parents. It's always a joy to be with Bryan's family and this time we were able to visit with all his siblings, four sisters and two brothers, one of his sisters came in from Pennsylvania and his brother and his family drove in from Wisconsin. Unfortunately with everyone's schedule we couldn't all be together at once. Visiting Illinois is especially fun for Riley and Austin because they get to visit with their many cousins.

While in Illinois I was able to meet up with my blogging friend Sue Berker (Sharing What I Love) and her husband John. I was so thrilled to finally meet Sue, she is just wonderful.We spent the day at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, lunch at Panera Bread and we had a chance to visit a couple rubber stamp stores before I left back to Belleville. I'm already looking forward to seeing her once again.

I also have a new scrapbook store to visit every time I visit Illinois, the Scrapbook Factory, which is in O'Fallon. I couldn't believe how much product they carry, it was amazing. I was overwhelmed with it all, I knew I just had to come back without Bryan so I could take my time going through each section. I returned the following day, purchased lots of goodies and even took a picture of their Volkswagen.

Time to get creative with my new goodies, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi